Manchester United missing key men in Europa League final lineup

Manchester United missing key men in Europa League final lineup

Key man not fit

Harry Maguire has failed to recover from injury to take his place in the centre of Manchester United’s defence for their Europa League final tie this evening. The Red Devils will take on Villareal without their club captain, with Eric Bailly chosen to fill in at left centre-back again.

Manchester United missing key men in Europa League final lineup

TOPSHOT – Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire (R) tangles with Aston Villa’s Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (L) resulting in an injury that sees Maguire substituted during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on May 9, 2021. – RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Nick Potts / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by NICK POTTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leader on and off the pitch

Maguire’s importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been underlined in the Englishman’s absence, with United slipping to a 4-2 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford, before drawing with already relegated Fulham and scraping past a wretchedly out of form Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the season.

Devoid of his leadership, additional responsibilities will fall on the shoulders of his usual partner Victor Lindelof, who will have to step up as a leader in the Red Devil’s defence.

Ole-Guns blazing

Further forward, Solskjaer has opted for Paul Pogba in central midfield alongside Scott McTominay, meaning that Fred is only granted a place on the substitutes bench.

However, Pogba’s move infield from the left flank has allowed United to field a strong front four, with Mason Greenwood given a start alongside Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani.

Greenwood will feel the need to impress this evening, having been selected for Gareth Southgate’s 33-man squad on Tuesday. With 7 players to be cut from the squad however, it is unlikely that Greenwood will get significant time to impress the National coach before the decision is made, meaning that a strong performance against the Yellow Submarine could do his chances of making the full squad no end of good.

Four finals, three trophies

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— Goal (@goal) May 26, 2021

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